Diabetes Awareness Ambassador Cristie Field to ‘Ride’ with Ryan Reed at Chicago

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 12, 2016) – Drive to Stop DiabetesSM representative Cristie Field will ‘ride’ along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. Field will have her name featured on a decal above the passenger-side window on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang as part of the joint campaign to spread awareness and education about diabetes.

Like Reed, Field lives with diabetes and knows the importance of staying healthy to manage her diabetes. Through working with her doctor, eating healthy and exercising, Field successfully lives with diabetes and is an inspiration for those that live with the disease.

Field’s favorite ways to stay healthy include participating in the American Diabetes Association® Tour De Cure®, for which she has been a team captain the last three years.  In addition, Field has focused her efforts on spreading awareness for the Red Riders on the Tour De Cure planning committee. Red Riders are other people living with diabetes who participate in this signature fundraising cycle event.

“Cristie’s participation with the American Diabetes Association in the Tour de Cure is really inspiring,” said Reed.  “It’s no small task to be a team captain, so it’s just really cool to see someone participating in #IDriveMyHealth and making positive lifestyle changes to manage their diabetes.”

Ryan Reed and the ‘Riding with Ryan’ program roll into Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the first time this season.  Last season, Reed finished 11th at the 1.5-mile track after starting 10th.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series takes the green flag from Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 17th at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and MRN.

About Drive to Stop Diabetes

The Drive to Stop DiabetesSM campaign strives to educate people about living well with diabetes. The campaign encourages the millions of Americans who have diabetes to talk about a management plan with their doctor, family, and friends and to lead healthy lives.

About Lilly Diabetes

Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world’s first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com or follow us on Twitter: @LillyDiabetes.

About the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.